QOF should be suspended in areas affected by swine flu

The quality framework should be suspended in parts of the country where GPs are swamped with swine flu cases, the GPC negotiator for pandemic flu has said.

Peter Holden
Peter Holden

Dr Peter Holden called on the government to urgently issue the UK alert levels.

‘They have to declare an alert level in the next few days because the current workload is unsustainable.

‘I think we are at alert level three in the UK and that would signal the suspension of the quality framework and other work, such as appraisals, in favour of following command and control procedures.

‘In one area in Scotland, GPs have already been told to focus on dealing with swine flu patients.’

His comments come as health officials in Birmingham warn that swine flu is ‘spreading out of control’ and that plans are now in place to move from the policy of containment to mitigation.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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